Month 5 of the Secret Recipe Club.
This month I had fun exploring Cupcake Muffin.
And I had a lot of fun…. Sara has been blogging almost as long as I have (and that’s a really long time). She has a wide variety of recipes on her blog from salads to main courses to desserts including some areas I’ve never explored, like drinks and breakfasts (not recommended at the same time).
The recipe I chose was Pumpkin Polenta, perfect for fall.
I had to modify it of course….
I cook for two not four and I can’t get canned pumpkin. But I do happen to have a whole cellar full of butternut squash.
I decided that it was a perfectly good substitute. I use my own butternut squash in my ‘Pumpkin Bread’ also so I know it works.
Her original recipe is here. Sara actually topped her Pumpkin Polenta with cooked butternut squash and Brussels sprouts (yum). Brussels sprouts aren’t in season yet here, but Savoy cabbage is. I opted for Braised Cabbage and Sausages.
We were most pleased.
Butternut Squash Polenta
Total time: 30 minutes
- 1 cup roughly chopped butternut squash to yield 1/2 cup mashed
- 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) chicken stock
- 2 tbs milk
- 1/4 cup (1.5oz, 45gr) polenta, quick-cooking
- 2 tbs chopped, fresh sage leaves
- 1oz (30gr) fresh Parmesan, grated
- 1 tbs olive oil
- Put butternut squash in a skillet with 3 tbs water. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until tender, about 15 minutes.
- Remove, drain and mash.
- Heat stock in a medium saucepan.
- When stock is simmering slowly pour in polenta, whisking constantly.
- Cook, stirring, about 5 minutes or until done.
- Stir in milk, sage leaves, and squash. Leave on low heat for 3 – 5 minutes to heat through.
- Add Parmesan, stir well and serve.
I’d never thought of adding mashed vegetables to polenta. We both really liked it. This being butternut squash season, any interesting recipe is welcome.
She also has a lots of interesting chicken and pork dishes, as well as one-dish dinners (enchiladas, sliders, etc.)
Wander on over and have a look.
I’m almost inspired to start cooking for breakfast!
No I’m not…. I love fancy cooked breakfast, but want it for dinner. I can’t be bothered to cook in the morning.